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Dr. Shalander Kumar is the Scientist Dryland Systems in South Asia at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India. He studied agriculture at Bachelors and Masters level and holds Ph.D. in Agricultural/Dairy Economics.
Dr. Shalander has worked for 21 years smallholders’ farming and livestock productions systems in South Asia while working for Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and ICRISAT. He was a Scientist/Senior Scientist/ Principal Scientist Agricultural Economics while working at ICAR and National Coordinator for Government of India’s ‘National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture’ program implemented in 100 districts of India since 2010. During his stay at Central Institute for Research on Goats he analyzed the functioning and interactions in the livestock production systems and farming systems, process of its commercialization, and constraints to productivity and marketability, issue of capacity building of farmers, and institutional aspects including the input-output delivery system and linkages among the major stakeholders. At Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad and Central Arid Zone Research institute, Jodhpur he worked on analyzing dryland farming systems, rainwater harvesting, conservation agriculture, climate change impacts and extension systems.
At present he coordinates CRP Dryland systems in Western Rajasthan and involved in Systems research for resilience building and sustainable intensification in dry areas; institutional options for management of agriculture and common property resources and approaches to enhance convergence among the major stakeholders. He also has experience of working in Ethiopia and The Netherlands. He received National award as Best Extension Expert during 2009 given by Indian Council of Agricultural Research for his efforts for creating Innovation platform for enhancing small holders’ access to technology and market.
He has been editor of Indian Journal of Dryland Research and Development and referee for many national journals. He has more than 45 peer reviewed journal papers and more 75 conference and other publications to his credit. His publications cover topics on Farming systems and livestock production systems analysis, conservation agriculture and climate change and institutional issues.